Giving your first Young Life Club talk can be a scary thing. I have seen people giving their first Young Life Club talk be excellent or be bad. But, if you follow the steps below, you can have the confidence to deliver your first Club talk in an excellent way.
Go back to the basics.
Review why we give Young Life Club talks. Ask your team leader or Young Life staff person to go over that with you again or look through your leader training materials. Knowing the why behind Young Life Club talks will help you in your preparation and delivery to give an excellent Club talk.
Do you know kids?
If you don’t know kids in Club, don’t give your Club talk. Instead, spend time in building relationships with kids. It is much easier to give a Young Life Club talk, especially for your first Club talk, to a room of kids that you know. We are relational, not event driven. Make sure you know kids and they know you before you give your first Young Life Club talk.
Prayer. Prayer. Prayer.
This can’t be over stated enough. Spend a lot of time praying about your talk and see where Jesus leads you in the Scripture passage, personal story and cultural references. Spending some good time listening to Jesus move around your talk, will give you the confidence to do an excellent job.
Get others to pray for you at the time of your Club talk.
It will give you confidence to know that a certain number of family and friends are praying for you during your first Young Life Club talk. Remind them of the exact day and time you will be giving your talk. Ask them to pray for specific things during the time of your Club talk.
If someone took the notes out of your hand before you gave your first Club talk, could you do it from memory? This is the level of preparation you should have for all of your Club talks, not just the first one.
Don’t try to be someone else when giving your talk. Don’t make up a story or steal a story from someone else’s life. God created you uniquely in His image and has a plan for you in your Club talk. If you try to be someone else, you miss out on kids connecting with the real you.
Go over it with other leaders and get feedback.
It is important for other leaders to hear your Club talk before kids hear it. Make sure the person that you are giving it to, before you give it to kids, has given many Club talks before and can help you with your delivery and any theological issues you might have in your Club talk.
Steal concepts from great communicators.
Study, watch and listen to other great communicators about their approach and delivery. Some of my favorites are: Andy Stanley, Judah Smith & Craig Groeschel. You might have others. See how they use illustrations, voice inflection, movement, etc to engage their audience. Use some of their best delivery styles integrated with your style.
Practice your delivery.
The more you go over your Club talk, the more you know it and the better it will be delivered. Go over your Club talk with another leader or your staff person. Practice in the mirror or in your Club room.
Prepare early. Leave room for the Holy Spirit to move.
If you are overly prepared early, you make room for the Holy Sprit to move. If you are rushing to complete your talk right before you give it, you will miss out on this key step. This is where the gems of your Young Life Club talk comes from. This is where we see Jesus move in big ways.
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